Create an Azure CDN endpoint

This article describes all the settings for creating an Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) endpoint in an existing CDN profile. After you've created a profile and an endpoint, you can start delivering content to your customers. For a quickstart on creating a profile and endpoint, see Quickstart: Create an Azure CDN profile and endpoint.

Prerequisites

Before you can create a CDN endpoint, you must have created at least one CDN profile, which can contain one or more CDN endpoints. To organize your CDN endpoints by internet domain, web application, or some other criteria, you can use multiple profiles. Because CDN pricing is applied at the CDN profile level, you must create multiple CDN profiles if you want to use a mix of Azure CDN pricing tiers. To create a CDN profile, see Create a new CDN profile.

Log in to the Azure portal

Log in to the Azure portal with your Azure account.

Create a new CDN endpoint

  1. In the Azure portal, navigate to your CDN profile. You may have pinned it to the dashboard in the previous step. If not, you can find it by selecting All services, then selecting CDN profiles. In the CDN profiles pane, select the profile to which you plan to add your endpoint.

    The CDN profile pane appears.

  2. Select Endpoint.

    CDN select endpoint

    The Add an endpoint page appears.

    Add endpoint page

  3. For Name, enter a unique name for the new CDN endpoint. This name is used to access your cached resources at the domain <endpointname>.azureedge.net.

  4. For Origin type, choose one of the following origin types:

    • Storage for Azure Storage
    • Cloud service for Azure Cloud Services
    • Web App for Azure Web Apps
    • Custom origin for any other publicly accessible origin web server (hosted in Azure or elsewhere)
  5. For Origin hostname, select or enter your origin server domain. The drop-down lists all available origin servers of the type you specified in step 4. If you selected Custom origin as your origin type, enter the domain of your custom origin server.

  6. For Origin path, enter the path to the resources that you want to cache. To allow caching of any resource at the domain you specified in step 5, leave this setting blank.

  7. For Origin host header, enter the host header you want Azure CDN to send with each request, or leave the default.

    Note

    Some types of origins, such as Azure Storage and Web Apps, require the host header to match the domain of the origin. Unless you have an origin that requires a host header different from its domain, you should leave the default value.

  8. For Protocol and Origin port, specify the protocols and ports to use to access your resources at the origin server. At least one protocol (HTTP or HTTPS) must be selected. Use the CDN-provided domain (<endpointname>.azureedge.net) to access HTTPS content.

    Note

    The Origin port value determines only the port the endpoint uses to retrieve information from the origin server. The endpoint itself is available only to end clients on the default HTTP and HTTPS ports (80 and 443), regardless of the Origin port value.

    Endpoints in Azure CDN from Akamai profiles do not allow the full TCP port range for origin ports. For a list of origin ports that are not allowed, see Azure CDN from Akamai Allowed Origin Ports.

    HTTPS support for Azure CDN custom domains is not supported on Azure CDN from Akamai products. For more information, see Configure HTTPS on an Azure CDN custom domain.

  9. For Optimized for, select an optimization type that best matches the scenario and type of content that you want the endpoint to deliver. For more information, see Optimize Azure CDN for the type of content delivery.

    The following optimization type settings are supported, according to profile type:

  10. Select Add to create the new endpoint.

    After the endpoint is created, it appears in the list of endpoints for the profile.

    CDN endpoint

    Because it takes time for the registration to propagate, the endpoint isn't immediately available for use:

    • For Azure CDN Standard from Microsoft profiles, propagation usually completes in 10 minutes.
    • For Azure CDN Standard from Akamai profiles, propagation usually completes within one minute.
    • For Azure CDN Standard from Verizon and Azure CDN Premium from Verizon profiles, propagation usually completes within 90 minutes.

    If you attempt to use the CDN domain name before the endpoint configuration has propagated to the point-of-presence (POP) servers, you might receive an HTTP 404 response status. If it's been several hours since you created your endpoint and you're still receiving a 404 response status, see Troubleshooting Azure CDN endpoints that return a 404 status code.

Clean up resources

To delete an endpoint when it is no longer needed, select it and then select Delete.

Next steps

To learn about custom domains, continue to the tutorial for adding a custom domain to your CDN endpoint.